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Re: Making Your Boat Unsinkable
The weight of any additions, especially foam, will make your boat a sea slug, which will, in turn, INCREASE the chances of being pooped.
You're a scout, right? Be prepared is still the motto. So, instead of faulty bailout conditions, learn to sail the boat. Learn to reef. Learn to sail with only a jib or only a main when it's windy. Learn to NOT go out when it's questionable.
I think adding stuff to make the boat perform worse is not a good idea. A small boat like yours is very dependent on the amount of weight it carries and the distribution of that weight.
Stu Jackson, Catalina 34, 1986, M25 engine, Rocna 10 (22#), Maple Bay, BC, Canada